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#1 T-44

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 0257 AM

Having watched the C&Rsenal video on the Belgian Mauser, I wondered:

How did the Belgian army resupply their army with rifle munition after the Yser battle in WWI?

Some stockpiles of 7.65 "Argentine" would probably have followed the retrating army, but what's next when those are depleted?

Did British or French ammunition factories produce this round before the war? Did they initiate it's production when it started / dragged on?

IIRC, the standard rifle of the Belgian soldier during the conflict remained the 1889 Mauser, without switching to French or British weapons.
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Posted 05 November 2018 - 0610 AM

Rifles were produced in US, by Iver Johnson IIRC. Ammo was made in US and UK at least. Kynoch made 7mm and 7.65mm Mauser before WW1, so did IIRC Remington-UMC.


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Posted 05 November 2018 - 0613 AM

Thanks!
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Posted 05 November 2018 - 0910 AM

Sorry, Hopkins Allen, not Iver Johnson.


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Posted 05 November 2018 - 1548 PM

Many M1889s were made in Birmingham, UK, for the Belgians in WW1. I have read the Belgian government in exile set up a factory there.


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Posted 10 November 2018 - 1700 PM

You have to wonder if would have been simpler to just switch to the Lee Enfield or Lebel


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Posted 10 November 2018 - 1821 PM

UK and France were not that well with rifles themself.


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Posted 13 November 2018 - 1416 PM

UK and France were not that well with rifles themself.


Even if you could get them, who'd want Lebels and three shot Berthiers to replace once's Mauser 1889s?
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